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“Behold the false ringmaster, for he is nothing. He sells his pride for a few days of status quo. He sells humanity for a secret handshake. He sleeps at the feet of his Board of Directors.”
Thus spoke Fred
The large hall became the central ring for a new circus;
a circus that Fred had never seen before.
Oh, there were big tubas playing
“Oom pah pah, Oom pah pah”
And there were clowns.
There was even the obligatory dog act and donkeys,
that leapt from a platform into a tank of water.
There were the trapeze artists, trained birds,
leaping frogs and other such acts.
All this was contained in a
very large tent erected
in this largest of halls
and the cave system
But the lighting was off kilter.
It did not center on the acts.
It centered on the audience.
The ringmaster; absent.
The circus dogs were Dobermans. Not brown Dobermans
but blue serge Dobermans. Foam dripped from
the corners of their mouths.
Their shadows, because of
the off kilter lighting,
are bigger than dogs.
The dogs seemed
alarmed at these
shadows; and leap
to avoid the
The more they leap the more excited they became.
“Canines on the hunt are magnificent and noble animals. Hunting dogs lead themselves and pack dogs follow. Dogs in the circus are cute and, at times, unpredictable. Or at least they are trained to appear as though they are unpredictable. These dogs are neither cute, nor magnificent, nor trained, nor noble leaders. But they are unpredictable.”
Thus Spoke Fred
Tomorrow: “And the Band Played On”